Critic Consensus: Big Little Lies continues to flush out its leading ladies, but it's becoming clear that not everyone is "Living the Dream."
as Celeste Wright
as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
as Perry Wright
as Renata Klein
as Ed Mackenzie
as Bonnie Carlson
as Nathan Carlson
as Gordon Klein
as Dr. Amanda Reisman
as Principal Nippal
as Annabella Klein
as Abigail Mackenzie
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Critic reviews for Living the Dream
This episode is kind of a snooze compared to the first two- nothing new is introduced, it's just more developments of the plot elements we already know.
The dynamics between these women, and their struggles with their own personal demons are much better television than any old murder investigation.
It's not just the real estate porn or the melodrama or the highly defined costume design that makes it so good. It's the long, silent scenes allowing these actresses to just do their craft.
Director Jean-Marc Vallée and writer David E. Kelley take all the attributes of the most impossible version of 'having it all' - great wealth, beauty, precocious kids, beachfront property - and twist them into horror
It traffics in sudsy moments that feel a world away. Yet it also trades in a sober truth: that everything parents do affects their children's lives in some way. It's also boldly unafraid to show how men can harm women.
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